Laramie, Wy – In an effort to get more Special Education teachers certified, an Institute will be held in Casper next month. The 2nd annual Wyoming Mentorship Academy will also promote best practices for working with students with special needs. Coordinator Lori Kimbrough says the certification problem could be a big issue for the state. Kimbrough says the high caliber training is an alternative way to get teacher certification. The Academy takes place July 21st through the 23rd in Casper. She expects around 200 people to attend
Jackson, WY – Teton county authorities are investigating some suspicious activities in light of the recent dog poisonings in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho. Bridger-Teton National Forest spokesman Jay Anderson says two forest volunteers encountered a man coming out of a wooded area near the popular Cache Creek trailhead Tuesday morning. He says the man was wearing industrial-type rubber gloves and carrying a Mountain Dew bottle with a brown liquid in it.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Highway Patrol will join a nationwide 4th of July crackdown on dangerous drivers. The operation will involve strict enforcement of traffic laws, with emphasis on alcohol and drug-related driving offenses, speeding violations, and promotion and enforcement of safety belt statutes. A patrol official says that all state troopers are expected to work on the holiday to boost visibility and help maintain an efficient movement of traffic. The campaign -- known as Operation CARE -- will last from one
Laramie, Wy – A democrat seeking Wyoming's lone U-S House seat wants to provide help to small businesses. Ted Ladd says if the state ever hopes to keep young people in Wyoming, then small business needs a chance to thrive. "Small businesses are getting bludgened with regulation right now" said Ladd during an appearence on Wyoming Public Radio. Ladd has several solutions for helping small business people, including improving health care. He says that has among the biggest impacts on small business people. Ladd is a businessman from Wilson, Wyoming.
Taos, NM – U-S Interior Secretary Gale Norton says listing the sage grouse as an endangered species could significantly threaten energy production and grazing. Speaking to Western Governors Tuesday, Norton says coal mining, natural gas production, electric transmission corridors and cattle grazing are all in the middle of sagebrush habitat. She says officials must minimize the impacts on sage grouse habitat to help keep the bird from being listed as endangered. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is studying whether or not to list sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species.
Sheridan, Wy – Legislators have wrapped up two days of meetings in Sheridan to prepare for the upcoming Special Session. Four different committees were meeting as one to consider ideas to address the state's rising medical malpractice insurance rates. Representative Colin Simpson is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He says they will likely look at a resolution to cap non economic damages and a medical review panel. Although lawmakers also may consider the Governors proposal of a subsidy to help doctors pay for insurance. Simpson also says insurance reforms are possible.
Laramie, Wy – Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish says they probably will not conduct additional monitoring or studying of Lynx, despite the discovery of a Lynx and its Kittens in the Snowy Range Mountains. The Lynx was released nearly 225 miles away in Colorado nearly four years ago. Game and Fish Biological Services Supervisor Reg Rothwell says the discovery of the species is a surprise but he doubts the agency will do any additional monitoring. He says he will leave that up to Colorado officials instead. The Lynx gave birth to three kittens.